During our recent visit to France, we experienced what’s known as a “canicule” (extreme, sustained heat 🌞🌞🌞). It wasn’t the weather I would have chosen for our visit, but did give me an opportunity to observe the summer style trends in Paris, and how they stay stylish in the heat.
Paris Summer Style: Footwear
In the parts of Paris we visited, I most often saw these 3 styles of summer footwear:
Primarily white, primarily classic styles (think Stan Smiths), and almost always lace-ups. I did not notice many slip-on styles. I did see the occasional clunky “Dad” sneaker. Veja seemed to be a popular brand.
Sneakers are worn with dresses, skirts and trousers. I noticed a few women who wore the laces untied and tucked into the shoe, perhaps because of the heat.
Nothing too vertiginous, either in the heel or platform. Nothing too fussy or formal either. Comfort and walkability seemed to be primary considerations. Colors were often brown, tan, and occasionally red or coral. I did not see many black sandals.
T-Strap and Flat Sandals
I saw a surprising number of women (of all ages) wearing thin-soled, strappy sandals, often a t-strap style like this one. While they’re cute and summery, they’re not what I’d recommend for hours on one’s feet on city streets. (For travel and sightseeing, I’d choose a style with a bit more support, like this one.)
What footwear do you find most comfortable for summer travel?